The Whittley Monterey took out the 1994 AMIF Australian Boat of the Year Award by a country mile and was a milestone not only in the history of Whittley Boats, but for the entire Australian boating industry.
A beautiful package, the Whittley Monterey 580 was the missing link between the older straight-laced timber cabin cruisers and more modern design and finishes.
The boat proved fibreglass didn’t have to be square and boxy, with Whittley boats learned to use curvature to emphasise design flair. Upholstery moved from old-style carpets, terry towelling and suede into contemporary statements and waterproof construction. Moulded windscreens became an integral part of the construction and the combination of mouldings, two-tone colouring, timber trims and stylish decals brought a fresh face to the package.
The number of fittings, facilities and comfort offered by the Whittley Monterey was only surpassed by the friendly and spacious layout, which included bedding for four people. The toilet in the vee-berth area could be enclosed by the bi-fold cabin doors and the seat boxes supported the sink, stove and catering units.
The Whittley Monterey 580 was in fact only 5.8m in true length, but the addition of the integral moulded rear platform and bowsprit brought it to 6.4m overall, and it was loaded with storage and amenities. The boat was available in outboard motor and sterndrive configurations, but the V6 sterndrive units were particularly good on the water.
The 5.8m was later updated to become the Whittley Monterey 600, continuing the success of a great Whittley boating package that embraced all of the advantages of a luxury mobile, trailerable cruiser.
Year manufactured: 1993 – 2004